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No Dear, ISPs Are Not Websites

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 4/5/17 (10:19am)

Snider, Mike: "ISPs Can Now Collect and Sell Your Data: What to Know About Internet Privacy Rules", USA Today (4/4/2017).

So here's an analogy: if 50 years ago AT&T (or whatever they called themselves back then) had kept records of all your phone calls and then started selling that information to the highest bidder -- would they have gotten away with it? I don't think so. (In fact, interesting research topic.)

ISPs are not websites. They're governed by different rules, regulated by different agencies and golly-molly, ya just can't get on the internet without them. That makes them a utility and frankly, there's no similarity to Facebook, Google, etc.

But, hey, we're living in a free country! There's nothing keeping those ISPs from setting up their own groovy websites so they can take advantage of the same benefits. Problem solved!

Hippy Talk Circa 1970

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/4/17 (3:57pm)

Early 1970s article from the Chicago alternative magazine 'The Seed'. Love the hippy talk: "head shop", "trick", "bust" and "rap".

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Usability-Thursdays

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/16/17 (3:01pm)

MPOW: I set up shop at the computer lab in the Student Center and then hustled out to the hallway to ask students if they had time to test out a page. Some had to go to class. Others said yes (8 in total).

Results went on the writing pad and my cellphone served as a stopwatch.

Funniest moment: Someone who does webwork for another dept. said, "I wish we did testing too."

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Current Cites for Jan. 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/31/17 (6:16pm)

go to Current Cites
Current Cites for Jan. 2017 is out! You can find the issue here...

First Books of 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/22/17 (6:41pm)

Actually I've had the 'Handbook of Usability Testing' for years -- the first edition, that is.

Something funny about that article title...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/21/17 (12:47pm)

Something funny about that article title...

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Looks Like Uncle Julius

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/10/17 (8:48pm)

Found this picture in a book titled, "German Chicago: The Danube Swabians and the American Aid Societies". That older fellow with the bowtie sure looks like my Uncle Julius.

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Behind the Scenes in WYSIWYG

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/6/17 (3:21pm)

Looking at the 'plain text' behind the WYSIWYG. I'm impressed:

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<h3>Alumni Receptions 2017</h3>
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Email Outside of Work? France Says 'Non Merci'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/2/17 (2:31pm)

A couple of interesting articles on the law just passed in France regulating (remember that's not outlawing!) emails outside of work.

Deutsche Welle reports:

From today, organizations with more than 50 workers will need to start negotiations to define the rights of employees to ignore their smartphones and not be forced to check and send emails on weekends and in the evenings.

Engadget comments:

French companies will be more likely to respect your work/life balance -- even if they don't mark certain hours as off-limits, they can't make unexpected requests that force you to drop everything.

More from the Guardian

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Distinguished Guest in Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/4/16 (11:46am)

Welcoming distinguished guest in town for the holidays.

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